"Happy" in Galoshes

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"Happy" in Galoshes
Studio album by Scott Weiland
Released November 25, 2008
Recorded Early 2000s-2008
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 90:19 (deluxe edition)
Label Softdrive
Producer Doug Grean, Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland chronology
12 Bar Blues
(1998)
"Happy" In Galoshes
(2008)
A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs
(2011)

"Happy" in Galoshes is the second solo album by American rock singer Scott Weiland. Weiland, known for his roles as the lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, released his first album, 12 Bar Blues in 1998. Two versions have been released, a single disc and double disc deluxe version—the deluxe edition offers a second disc of 10 extra tracks.[1] The album was released November 25, 2008 on Weiland's own Softdrive Records.[2] Produced by Doug Grean and Scott Weiland, with select tracks recorded by Steve Albini, the album features guest appearances by Paul Oakenfold and No Doubt members Adrian Young, Tony Kanal, and Tom Dumont.[3] Oakenfold appears on a cover of David Bowie's "Fame." Weiland has cited Bowie as one of his main influences.

Musical style and lyrics[edit]

In an interview with The Pulse of Radio regarding the album, Weiland stated: "It'll definitely be a sonic journey like the first album was, a little bit more focused since I'm not on a narcotic journey like I was on the last one. But, you know, still sort of all over the map, because my influences are so wide and varied."[4] In an interview with MTV News, Weiland stated that the songs on "Happy" In Galoshes were inspired by the death of his brother, Michael (who also played drums on a song on the album), and Weiland's separation from his wife of eight years, Mary Forsberg.[5]

Development[edit]

"Happy" in Galoshes was originally reported to be a double album, but in actuality, it is a single album that is being offered in a deluxe edition.

On September 17, 2008, Spin.com posted an exclusive stream of "Paralysis",[6] and the track "Missing Cleveland" was posted on Weiland's MySpace site. On October 24, Spin also posted another new song, "Crash".[7] On October 27, rockdirt.com released the video for "Paralysis", which features actress Paz de la Huerta.[8] On November 18, the album became available to preview on Scott Weiland's MySpace page. A series of 4 webisodes directed by Rocco Guarino were released on scottweiland.com to promote the single "Crash".

"Missing Cleveland" was the first single released from the album on November 11. On February 17, it was announced that fans could vote for the album's second single. The candidates for the voting are "Paralysis", "Blind Confusion", and "Killing Me Sweetly."[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [10]
Blender 2.5/5 stars [11]
Entertainment Weekly (C-) [12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [13]
The Skinny 3/5 stars [14]

"Happy" in Galoshes debuted at #97 on the Billboard 200, selling 10,500 copies in its first week. The album received a 3.5/5 score from Rolling Stone magazine, and a four out of a possible five from Allmusic. Entertainment Weekly wasn't as approving, giving it a C- score.

Track listing[edit]

October 11, 2008, Amazon.com listed the album on its website. The full track list was offered, including the title for the otherwise untitled track (track #13).[15] The song "I Know It's Too Late" appears as a bonus track on the iTunes version of the album.

Standard edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Missing Cleveland"   Doug Grean, Scott Weiland 4:13
2. "Tangle with Your Mind"   Garry Gary Beers, Weiland 3:42
3. "Blind Confusion"   Grean, Weiland 4:22
4. "Paralysis"   Grean, Weiland, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young 3:50
5. "She Sold Her System"   Grean, Weiland 4:31
6. "Fame" (David Bowie cover feat. Paul Oakenfold) Carlos Alomar, David Bowie, John Lennon 3:26
7. "Killing Me Sweetly"   Grean, Weiland 4:33
8. "Big Black Monster"   Grean, Weiland 3:23
9. "Crash"   Grean, Weiland 3:47
10. "Beautiful Day"   Grean, Weiland 5:09
11. "Pictures & Computers (I'm Not Superman)"   Grean, Weiland 6:49
12. "Arch Angel"   Grean, Weiland 4:38
13. "Be Not Afraid" (Catholic Hymn Untitled Track) Bob Dufford 6:20

Deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Missing Cleveland"   4:13
2. "Tangle with Your Mind"   3:42
3. "Blind Confusion"   4:22
4. "Paralysis"   3:50
5. "She Sold Her System"   4:31
6. "Blister on My Soul"   4:08
7. "Fame" (David Bowie cover feat. Paul Oakenfold) 3:26
8. "Killing Me Sweetly"   4:33
9. "Big Black Monster"   3:23
10. "Beautiful Day"   5:09

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Crash"   3:51
2. "Hyper-Fuzz-Funny-Car"   3.29 [16]
3. "The Man I Didn't Know"   4:33 [16]
4. "Sometimes Chicken Soup"   3:59
5. "Somethings Must Go This Way" (Paloalto cover) 4:45
6. "Pictures & Computers (I'm Not Superman)"   6:49
7. "Sentimental Halos"   5:35
8. "Reel Around the Fountain" (The Smiths cover) 5:25
9. "Arch Angel"   4:38
10. "Be Not Afraid" (Catholic Hymn Untitled Track) 6:20

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2008 The Billboard 200 97

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2008 "Missing Cleveland" Modern Rock Tracks 28

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Harper, Kate (2008-11-04). "Scott Weiland Is Happy In Galoshes". CHARTattack. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  2. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET Scott Weiland on Solo Album: If It Turns off Stone Temple Pilot Fans, So Be It Sep. 23, 2008
  3. ^ "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Available Now!". Scottweiland.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET Scott Weiland To Release '"Happy"' In November Sep. 2, 2008
  5. ^ Harris, Chris (2008-11-11). "Scott Weiland's New Solo LP Is A 'Hodgepodge' Inspired By Marital Woes And Brother's Death - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  6. ^ SPIN.COM Exclusive Stream: Scott Weiland, "Paralysis" Sep. 17, 2008
  7. ^ "Exclusive Song: Scott Weiland, "Crash"". SPIN.com. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Scott Weiland ‘Paralysis’ Video". rockdirt.com. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  9. ^ ""Not Dead & Not For Sale" In Paperback July 10, 2012". Scottweiland.com. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2008-11-25). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ Eddy, Chuck. "Album Reviews of the Week: The Killers, Ludacris and Scott Weiland!". Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (2008-11-19). "''Happy'' in Galoshes Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". RollingStone.com. 2009-05-03. Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  14. ^ Dave Kerr (2009-01-07). "Scott Weiland – "Happy" in Galoshes". The Skinny. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  15. ^ Weiland, Scott. "Happy In Galoshes: Scott Weiland: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  16. ^ a b "Muziek | Myspace Music". Imeem.com. 2011-12-08. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 

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